A Rotarian who recently completed 50 years of ‘Service Above Self’ has died after a short illness.
Eric Geoffrey Squires, 91, also played a vital role in the first few years of Keech Hospice Care where he was the charity’s initial volunteer treasurer /auditor.
The Luton-born accountant was the son of local hat manufacturer Frank Squires.
He went to St Gregory’s Private Junior School and on to Bedford School.
He was articled to his grandfather’s accountancy firm, Crew Turnbull, and called up for military service in 1941 into the dental corps.
Geoffrey was also a keen athlete.
He was a Hatters supporter from the age of eight and joined South Beds Golf Club when he was 12.
He was a founder member of the Ace of Clubs tennis association where he met and married his wife, Janet Staddon, whose family were also hat manufacturers.
The couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last month.
Their New Bedford Road home with its manicured lawns was the setting for many afternoon teas and croquet and clock golf matches.
Described as “quiet and unassuming,” Geoffrey loved his garden and was a popular member of Luton Probus Club where he had a wide circle of friends.
He was made an honorary member of Rotary in recognition of his service to the club in an accountancy capacity.
His funeral takes place at St Margaret’s Church, Streatley, at 11am on Friday, July 17.